Joystick Mapper

Developer: Chibata Creations

Current Version: 1.1.3

Last Updated: 3 years ago

Download Size: 1.4 MB - Download


Joystick Mapper is an application that allows you to configure your joysticks or gamepads to simulate keyboard keys/mouse movement/mouse click/mouse scroll, so you can control any app or game using them, even the ones without built-in support.

A very good companion for First Person Shooters, Flash Games, Media Players, for example.

Works great with a variety of gamepads, including (but not limited to) Xbox, Logitech, Ps3, Ps4.

* Use any axis, dpads or buttons on your joystick to simulate keyboard and mouse;
* Map any of the 4 directions from an Analog Stick independently;
* Smooth mouse movement;
* Adjust mouse speed for analog sticks per direction individually, this can help with crappy gamepads;
* Analog Shoulder Triggers can be used as buttons;
* Any "weird" combination you want:
* Button/Dpad/Analog Stick/Analog Trigger --> Keyboard/Mouse/Click/Scroll;
* Ready-to-use examples, easily modifiable;
* Compatible with USB and Bluetooth Joysticks;
* Easy to use interface.

* To map Key-Combinations like Command+Q, just map two or more keys to the same input (in this example, one for Command and another for Q);
* Compatible with controllers that does use the standard HID Joystick interface;
* You may need to install a third party driver for Xbox controllers, you can find links to them in the Support site FAQ;
* If your PS3 gamepad does not respond to any input when connected using USB, just press the central "PS" button once;
* Wireless Xbox 360 Gamepads, sadly, does not use Bluetooth, you may need an adapter in this case. Search on the web for "Microsoft Wireless Gaming Receiver";
* Other similar apps may prevent Joystick Mapper from operating correctly, if you have one and have problems, please disable them before using Joystick Mapper
* If you have problems and need assistance, please visit the support site

Check also the *Joystick Show* application to be able to test any Joysticks/Gamepads in a easy and nice way.

NOTE (November 8, 2016): An update fixing multiple controller support and Stratus' controllers will arrive soon.


Release Notes:

* Proper Wireless PlayStation 4 Dual Shock Controller support
* Controllers will connect/disconnect automatically while the app is running now (you can turn off your controller now to save battery or even change to another identical controller ;).
* Bug fixed: Mouse Cursor was Jammed on the corner sometimes when the controller is disconnected
* No lags when connecting/scanning Dual Shock 4 controllers (please tell me if you encounter this problem)
* New Preset Examples for PS4 controllers
* Fixed problems on (dis)connections

Please note that currently available drivers for xbox 360 controllers may not work on OS X Yosemite, If you have problems with that and need a workaround to use your xbox 360 gamepads on Yosemite for now, please visit the support site of Joystick Mapper. A Proper solution will be available soon.

Thank you for using Joystick Mapper :)


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.1.3
Review by Trylobot

Samurai Gunn - I used this application to map 56 different inputs in total, across 4 controllers. They are DualShock 4 controllers, all connected via Bluetooth. The reason I had to do an exhaustive mapping like this is that the game Samurai Gunn does not natively recognize the DualShock 4, so I remapped them to keyboard keys. The profiles I setup for this purpose work beautifully, and no one would know that the game does not have native controller support. I can reliably connect anywhere from one to all four controllers and I know exactly which joystick profiles will be utilized. There is no signal propagation delay introduced by this app that I can detect, and this is very important in Samurai Gunn, as one or two milliseconds in either direction can affect whether you live or die. And best of all if I want to switch back to another game which does support my controllers, all I have to do is uncheck a checkbox. It just works.

Found helpful by 11 out of 12 people
Version 1.1.3

Several Issues - The idea of this app is a good one. It assigns keyboard buttons as buttons on your game controller. The problem is that in specific games, the game button could be used for different purposes at different times. In my case, I used it for a first person shooter. The “X” button on my controller had to be assigned to both “Space” and “Return” because it was needed for both at diferent times. Ontop of that, several of the button assignments were incorrect and the game ran much less smoothly than it did before I installed. I would not reccommend spending money on this app at all.

Found helpful by 6 out of 20 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.1.3
Review by AdrianPhanny

perfecto! - i only needed like 1 minute to understand how to set everything up on my own. the 1 thing i did have to go to the official website to find out more was how to actually activate the preset once i created it. i guess it was RIGHT there but i didn’t think the empty box was a checkmark box to activate the preset….lulz. man, this is such an underrated and inexpensive app that can work wonders in the hands of creativity. i plan on using my ps4 controller now as basically my music production controller, my mouse/browser when I want to just sit back in my chair. (i just thought about buying a pico projector like the new Asus S1 to project onto my ceiling so basically I can just work on my laptop in bed, using my ps4 controller easily.) SO RELAXED AND NOICE. you the man Rocha

Found helpful by 8 out of 12 people
Version 1.1.3
Review by sudonka

Difficult to know which button is being pressed - You have to scan in each and every button separately, and they can only be labeled “Button 1, 2, 3 … etc”. It’s very difficult to know what each button is. It feels like something is obviously missing from this app, and it’s that it doesn’t have any indication of what button you are pushing. I found that this seller is selling a separate app called the “Joystick Show” for $1.00 and it gets me angry because for $5, that visualizer should definitely come with this app. I mean, that’s a pretty necessary feature that the dev left out. He/she should at least have some basic indication of what buttons are being pressed without having to reassign/rescan the button. The app works fine, but there are obvious convenience holes that are in it. It makes me feel like I paid $5 for a freemium app. I would use USB Overdrive over this. The only thing that this app has over USB Overdrive is that it allows more control over the mouse direction speed.

Found helpful by 7 out of 9 people
Version 1.1.3
Review by Rin F. Elyran

Fantastic! - With help from other reviewers, I was able to get my PS1/PS2-to-PS3 USB adapter (“Twin USB Joystick” as identified by the program) to work with no problems. At first, I didn’t realize I had to tick the checkbox in order to be able to actually use the quick-and-dirty test setup with Second Life (mapping WASD to the directional pad), but after that I was good to go. I also tested my older Logitech Dual Action and my father’s old MacAlly iShock 2 USB gamepads with much success, although on the iShock, pressing D-pad Down also made my character turn to the left while walking backwards, but that is neither the developer’s fault nor my own; it could be that, because it’s an older pad, the iShock is more sensitive than both my PS2 DualShock and Logitech Dual Action. One thing I would suggest to those having trouble with connecting a SixAxis or XBOX 360 pad: there might be workarounds for getting your pad to work with Joystick Mapper. Even if your favorite search engine is stubborn with returning relevant results, it never hurts to do a little bit of research, and you can always come back and review the app and/or offer your solutions to others. :)

Found helpful by 6 out of 7 people
Version 1.1.3
Review by art3m15

Works with the Logitech F310 - I bought a Logitech F310 to use as a controller for my mac, but it did not work out of the box for some games (e.g. Bioshock Infinite), so I downloaded Joystick Mapper to emulate the keyboard + mouse. Works great so far. I did need to configure a custom preset that I based on one of the examples (Example: FPS), but that did not take too much time. I recommend visiting this app's site and looking over the documentation there if you're confused as to how to set it up.

Found helpful by 6 out of 8 people
Version 1.1.3
Review by Haskie 2012

Amazing App - This app is amazing. Im willing to pay $5 for this. Seriously. There are other free controller mapping apps, but they all are pretty bad *cough, cough* controller mate *cough cough*. A lot of people wrote negative reviews about this because it doesn't support all game controllers, but I like it because I know you guys are gonna update anyways. Those people are just not pacient. If the wii controller doesn't work, Im just pacient and I wait for the update with the wiimote. Meanwhile, I use the xbox and playstation controllers.

Found helpful by 6 out of 8 people